Mormons are the most politically conservative religious group in Idaho, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
They beat out born-again Christians, Baptists, and other non-Protestant Christian-based religions, finds the online political newsletter’s pollster, Dan Jones & Associates.
Admittedly, Idaho is a conservative state.
Jones finds that 55 percent of residents say they are “very” or “somewhat” conservative, 21 percent say they are moderates when it comes to their politics, and 21 percent say they are “very” or “somewhat” liberal.
But Idaho Mormons are more conservative than the averages, finds Jones:
-- 31 percent of Mormons say they are very conservative, with 44 percent saying they are somewhat conservative.
That totals up to 75 percent of Latter-day Saints putting themselves in that right-of-center category.
-- Only 16 percent of Mormons say they are moderate in the politics.
-- And only 6 percent say they are “very” or “somewhat” liberal.
The born-again Christians, Baptists et al. aren’t too far behind on the conservative scale:
-- 70 percent say they are “very” or “somewhat” conservative, 33 percent very and 37 percent somewhat.
-- 16 percent say they are moderates.
-- Only 12 percent say they are liberals.
Mormons are spread throughout Idaho – the largest concentration by total state population outside of Utah.
A fourth the state, 26 percent, say they consider themselves Mormons.
-- 8 percent say they are Catholics.
-- 11 percent say they are Protestants.
-- 25 percent they are born-again Christians, Baptists or some non-Protestant Christian faith.
-- 8 percent say they belong to some other religion.
-- 19 percent say they have no religion.
-- And 3 percent declined to answer the question.
So, you take the Mormons at 75 percent conservative, and a fourth of the state’s population, you see a considerable bloc of Idaho voters in those two categories.
Conservative Mormons may not be able to carry a candidate to victory all by themselves, but they certainly could sway a close election one way or the other, Jones’ numbers show.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.